Seminar speaker sign-up Nufio
Institution: University of Colorado, Boulder
Seminar Title: Grasshoppers of the southern Rocky Mountains: model organisms for understanding the impacts of climate change on communities, species & populations
Time and Place: 4:00 PM, Monday, 7 March 2016, in BPB 130
Contact: David Wagner
César Nufio received his undergarduate degree in Environmental Studies and Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He received his PhD at the University of Arizona, Tucson in the Interdisciplinary Program in Insect Sciences, studying the behavioral ecology of boxing flies. César is currently a research associate and adjoint curator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. His work combines museum collections, previous surveys and field and lab experiments to explore how life history traits, local adaption and thermal biology can help explain current and future responses by insects to environmental change.
Nearly 50 years ago Gordon Alexander conducted an extensive survey and collection of grasshoppers found along an elevational gradient in the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado. In this talk we explore the utility of using Alexander’s field notebooks and specimens coupled with a new resurvey program, an extensive climate record and a series of experiments to measure the effects of climate change on grasshopper communities, species and populations. Our studies show that grasshopper advancements in phenology can be tied directly to accumulated heat energy and to their thermal biology and degrees of local adaptations. Finally, we show that grasshoppers and plants may be differentially impacted by current warming patterns.
Monday, March 7, 2016
|8:00 am||Lisa Park Boush||Breakfast|
|12:00||Lunch with grad students / Wagner lab meeting||TLS 171B (Bamford room)|
|2:00||David Wagner||TLS 471|
|2:30||Andy Bush||TLS 469|
|3:00||Entomology graduate students||TLS 471|
|3:30||Pre-seminar snacks||TLS 171B (Bamford room)|
|Dinner 6 p.m.||Dave Wagner et al.||Utsov’s (Vernon, CT)|